What is it about lighthouses that draws us closer? Safety, security, comfort? Shelter from the storm...refuge?
The Pigeon Point Lighthouse south of San Francisco, California is such a place. Jutting out into the Pacific Ocean on a point of land, this lighthouse was built in 1872. (The original Fresnel, first order Lens weighs 8,000 pounds!)
It's still a Coast Guard navigational aid today.
The tower is closed for renovation but the grounds are open to view exhibits, snap photos, take a tour and stand on the decks overlooking the waves crashing against the rocks. They even have a 50 person hostel. Since this is close to Elephant Seal territory it's a great spot to overnight on the coast. You can't miss it!